Enquiry about object: 7050

    Your First Name (required)

    Your Last Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Your Country (required)

    Your Message

    Indian Brass Lingam Cover

    Maharashtra or Karnataka, India
    19th century

    height: 10.3cm, diameter: 9cm, weight: 449g

    Available - Enquire


    acquired by the previous owner at Christie's New York, 'Indian and Southeast Asian Art', 19 September 2002, lot 135.

    – scroll down to see further images –

    This cylindrical cover is to fit over a lingam (or might have been worshipped in its own right in lieu of a lingam). It is of thickly-walled brass with a reinforced rim and a rounded top.

    Many covers have faces (in which case they are called a mukhalinga) but this cover is noteworthy for its complete plainness and abstraction.

    The lingam is a stylised representation of a phallus and is a tantric representation of Shiva. Usually linga are carved from stone.

    Lingam covers are used in puja or prayer rituals and are a visible form of the mantra namah Shivaya through which devotees invoke the blessings of Shiva.

    The cover is in excellent condition.


    Aryan, S., Unknown Masterpieces of Indian Folk and Tribal Art, KC Aryan’s Home of Folk Art, 2005.

    Aryan, S., B.N. Aryan & G. Rossi, Mukhalinga, Ethnoarte, 2011.

    Rawson, P., Tantra, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1971.

    Dozens of items are added to our website each month. Be among the first to know about them.
    Sign up to our monthly catalogue